Be Careful When You Throw Stones

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Let him who is without sin among you, be the first to throw a stone at her (John 8:3-7).

When you throw a stone at someone, you don’t feel the pain, the one hit by the stone does. Be careful, that you  are not guilty of sin, before you decide to pass judgement on someone else. Jesus warned us many times about this; He is still speaking to us today, and the instruction is the same. He commanded us to love one another. Stoning, judging, controlling, or beheading, has nothing to do with love! It is hate! If you love someone, you do not go out of your way to hurt them. Repaying evil with evil achieves nothing but death. Repaying evil with good, is the godly option for God’s people. When someone else sin, you think it is a bad thing, and you feel you need to punish them, but when you sin, you think it’s OK?  NO! All sin is evil, no matter who commits it! Repaying evil with good teaches the guilty person that doing good is the better option. Otherwise, the guilty one will think it is normal to sin, and get away with it, if everyone around him is doing the same thing.

As children of God, we need to live by His instructions, and not ours; so that everyone can see that what we have is the best. This is why Jesus taught the stone throwers that His way was the better option. I am not saying it is alright to do evil, or continue sinning, no! I am saying it is a sin for us to pass judgement on each other, because there is one law-giver, and it is not you (James 4:12, Luke 6:37-38)! The woman was caught in a sin, but the stone throwers had just realised that they were caught in the act as well and was just as guilty as the woman waiting to be stoned. The woman caught in the sin was no different to the ones throwing the stones at her, because both parties did the same thing (their sin was exposed and witnessed by another). Just because your sin is different from another member, does not make you right and the other wrong. When you disobey God’s law, it is sin, and you will not be permitted to enter into His kingdom with that attitude (Matthew 13:41-42).

They rushed to punish the woman for her sin, but they did not focus on what they were doing. Had they look at themselves, they would have known that Jesus was a witness to the sin they committed, just as they were to the woman they were about to stone to death. The law they were breaking was this: “we are not to judge one another” (Matthew 7:1-5), and they did so when they passed judgement on the woman. So by disobeying this law, they were all sinning, and qualified to be stoned according to the law in those days (Numbers 15:36). They had no choice but to leave, because the same judgement would be given to them, in the same measure. Revenge is not ours, but God’s; be careful how you treat the members of God’s family. When you plan to throw the first stone, remember what Jesus said to the stone throwers. May God empower us with restraint, when we are powerless to control our anger. God bless you.

  2 comments for “Be Careful When You Throw Stones

  1. 09/01/2016 at 05:31

    Thanks Chuck for your comment. Remember that the bible teaches we are not to judge outsiders (1 Corinthians 5:12), so yes, we are to do nothing, because God is the one who judges them. Our business is not to look at what they do when that time comes, but to “LOOK UP” where our redemption comes from (Luke 21:27). If you look in the “UP” direction, you will witness what they do but do not bother yourself in other people’s evil, because your focus should be where you are told to look.

    About the saints: they will suffer and be overcomed (Revelation 13:7). Some did the same to Jesus Christ, yet He did not open His mouth ( Isaiah 53:7). We are to do the same, by looking up, and not dwell on what the wicked ones do. Even if we die by their evil, we will live with Christ (John 11:25). Don’t focus on the problem but at the solution (everlasting life). God bless 🙂

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  2. Chuck
    09/01/2016 at 03:02

    You are correct in the passages. But what is happening today is the Christians are being judged as she was judged. Only they are throwing the stones. And soon christains will be persecuted just because the believe in God. Are we to just sit back and do nothing? When all we did was help and not hurt. When you say from the Bible, it is not judging anyone, but speaking his word. Most people want you to think you are judging them by spreading his word. We are supposed to be his feet and hands. Amen.

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